side·line  (noun)
1. sports a. A line along either of the two sides of a playing court or field, marking its limits. b. sidelines The space outside such limits, occupied by coaches, inactive players, and spectators.

2. sidelines The position or point of view of those who observe rather than participate in an activity.1

I like to use this term to define seasons in life when you feel as though you’re out of the game. Maybe it is because of an illness or injury; maybe unemployment, depression or grief, or anything else that makes you slow down, sit down, watch, and wait. Over my time in the mission field I’ve dealt with some issues and learned that sidelines are not where I like to be. And here’s what I’ve learned:

1. Accept it. You can spend the ... »
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